Animation is a compelling medium. Animated metaphors and data visualizations convey aesthetic and scientific ways of knowing. Both are important for understanding climate change.
Bubble from Elliot Dear on Vimeo.
In this animation by Elliot Dear I see a dog, a bubble and a mirror as metaphors for caring, unity and connectivity.
Harnessing the power of knowledge for combating desertification, land degradation and drought. New system for monitoring UNCCD. from UNEP WCMC on Vimeo.
The caption for this Vimeo animation reads:
With support from GEF, UNEP and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the UNCCD launches a new system for monitoring international efforts for implementation of the Convention. This innovative tool, named the PRAIS portal, aims at harnessing the power of knowledge for combating desertification, land degradation and drought worldwide through a new, quantitative approach. With the 2010 reporting and review process, the PRAIS portal has allowed to establish for the first time in the history of the UNCCD an objective baseline of the implementation of the Convention, particularly on performance indicators, financial flows and best practices on sustainable land management. The system will be further improved in the coming months by developing an analytical module and incorporating impact indicators.
It’s the last week of my first semester at UTS. Here’s what I’ve learned from my Design students:
Easy in theory, but
practice makes change.
Appeal to the mind.
Appeal to the senses.
Since starting to read the book Experimental Methods: An introduction to the analysis and presentation of data by scientist Les Kirup (1994), I am inspired to begin a Research Lab notebook .
As I start using the scientific format to report on an experiment I am doing with Daniela Giorgi, I suspect there will be room for jokes!
Title: How methods used by a theatre producer and an animator can be combined to present an academic paper.
Aims of the experiment:
1. Describe methods used by a theatre producer and an animator
2. Identify their similarities and differences
3. Identify any new methods that result from their collaboration
Description of the apparatus:
Sketch of apparatus: